Saturday, December 20, 2014

Coastal Snowflake

The Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalogue had a new thinlits card design this year, after introducing the Circle card & Label card thinlits last year. This years design is a lovely snowflake one... even if it has eight spokes/points (pedantic aren't I?). After a string of bold and funky colours, I came back to this cool colour scheme. I adapted the card by extending it, which I didn't take photos of (but I am not the first one to do it, so there are many many photos of it out there. Basically you trim your cardstock to the height of the thinlit and have one end of it on top (or bottom, depending how you layer things in your Big Shot) of the thinlit on the non-cutting side. I'm not sure who was the bright spark who first came up with this idea, but it is brilliant :)

All supplies by Stampin' Up!
Cardstock: Coastal Cabana, Pool Party, textured Pool Party, Whisper White
Stamp set: Teeny Tiny Sentiments, More Merry Messages
Ink: Bermuda Bay
Accessories: Snowflake Card thinlits, Rhinestone Basic Jewels

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Beautiful Berry Season

I did warn you you hadn't seen the last of the Blackberry/Razzleberry combo from me! This years Stampin' Up! Holiday catalogue really did have a wide variety of styles in it, but as always there are some lush and gorgeous sets like Bright & Beautiful. For an even richer look I swapped the white of my last Blackberry/Razzleberry card for gold. Gotta have a bit of gold at Christmas right?

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Cardstock: Blackberry Bliss, Rich Razzleberry, brushed gold, Crumb Cake
Stamp set: Bright & Beautiful
Ink: Blackberry Bliss, VersMark
Accessories: Gold Glory embossing powder, Labels Collection die, Stars dies, dimensionals, Lucky Star embossing folder

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Christmas Break

I still have some Christmas cards to share, but thought it might be nice to share something else for a change. This card was kind of inspired by a few images of mixed tiles that I saw around the traps. I thought that using a mixture of embossing folders would be a great effect, though it was quite fiddly to put together! I mixed it up even further by flipping some of the pieces over, to get some positive and negative impressions. And since the new Stampin' Up! catalogue came out, with the new set of In Colors, I've been dying to put Rich Razzleberry together with the new Blackberry Bliss. It's taken me long enough but I finally got there... and this won't be the last you see of the pair, let me say that now!

All supplies by Stampin' Up!
Cardstock: Blackberry Bliss, Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White
Stamp sets: Label Something, Teeny Tiny Sentiments
Ink: Blackberry Bliss, Rich Razzleberry
Accessories: Whisper White Baker's Twine, Modern Label punch, dimensionals, Beautifully Baroque embossing folder, Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder, Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder, Argyle embossing folder, Lacy Brocade embossing folder, Elegant Lines embossing folder, Hexagon Hive die

Thursday, December 11, 2014

TBT - Fancy Visions

If you have been enjoying my Throw-Back Thursday posts, sorry about missing last week! While this card uses a new set, there is a lot of retired product used on it. I'm still working on some old patterned paper, and while other paper designs might have been fancier, I wanted to use paper that would combine well with an embossing folder. The embossed layer is also retired textured cardstock, which I must admit I do miss for that subtle variety it offered.

All supplies by Stampin' Up!
Cardstock: Wild Wasabi, textured Wild Wasabi, Pistachio Pudding, Whisper White
Stamp set: Visions of Santa
Ink: Memento Black
Accessories: Crumb Cake Blendabilities, Skin Tone Blendabilities, Decorative Dots embossing folder, Decorative Label punch, Oval Accent Bigz die, Brights Collection DSP stack (retired design)
Show watched while creating: Castle, Sleepy Hollow

Monday, December 08, 2014

Olive Or Razzleberry?

I've had my head down working on finishing my Christmas cards, and completely forgot to blog! To make up for it a little, here are two cards:

Well, kind of two cards... they're really just variations but the more the merrier right? ;)

I know a number of people who hate production-line style card making, and yet others who design one card and that is the Christmas card they send to everyone - whether it be 20, 50 or 100 times they have to make the card! I find I just get too many ideas that I want to have a go at to settle on one design, but sometimes even with a design I can't decide on a particular way to have the colours. For this card I planned on making a batch of eight, but once I started colouring in I changed my mind about which way I'd like the colours. Ultimately I went for a real mix... some had olive collars with olive in the middle of the hat, others had the razzleberry there with olive top and bottom of the hat. I then mixed it up even more by having two of each on the different card bases I had come up with. This would be one way of mixing up production-line Christmas cards!

All supplies by Stampin' Up!
Cardstock: Old Olive or Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White
Stamp set: Santa Stache
Ink: Memento Black
Accessories: Old Olive Blendabilities, Rich Razzleberry Blendabilities, Smoky Slate Blendabilities, Skin Tone Blendabilities, Word Window punch, Window Frames collection die, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Old Olive or Rich Razzleberry 1/8" taffeta ribbon, dimensionals, Brights Collection DSP Stack (retired design)
Shows watched while creating: Forever, Arrow, The Flash

Sunday, November 30, 2014

A Merry Little Tree

One of the very popular sets from the Holiday Catalogue is Festival of Trees, and I wasn't imune to it's allure. It's a very versatile set, I have seen many different styles done with it, but I thought I would go for something a little different (gee, how unusual!). I also put a spin on the traditional Christmas colours with a soft pale green & bright pinkish reds.

All supplies by Stampin' Up!
Cardstock: Strawberry Slush, Pistachio Pudding, Rose Red, Vellum, Whisper White
Stamp set: Festival of Trees
Ink: Pistachio Pudding
Accessories: Pear Pizzazz marker, Strawberry Slush marker, Pistachio Pudding Thick Baker's Twine, Word Window punch, Tree punch, Circles collection die, Large Scallop die, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, dimensionals, On Point embossing folder

Thursday, November 27, 2014

TBT - Woven Winter Frost

Just as I had finished my layered Winter Frost star last week, Alisa Tilsner shared a star she had made. I loved the look of the narrow, more woven strips so thought I would have a crack at one myself. I stayed with Alisa's technique of a single narrow strip to join the two halves, but used different width and number of strips. These changes resulted in more paper trying to squeeze between other parts so right off the bat knew these would go together as flat as I usually make them, but that's ok! Not sure that it is all that obvious from the above photo...

There are many tutorials out there so I won't do a full one myself, but I thought I would show one step to help demonstrate how I do mine which seems to be a little different to what a lot of tutorials show.
When putting the two halves together some tutorials have very little if any of the long strip trimmed off when attached to the "tube" part of the other half. How much I have to trim off varies depending on the size of the star, but above you can see how much I trimmed off this star.

All supplies by Stampin' Up!
Cardstock: none
Stamp set: none
Ink: none
Accessories: Winter Frost patterned paper, mini glue dots, white Baker's Twine
Show watched while creating: NCIS